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Congressman: Rush Limbaugh wants to extend tax breaks for himself

As Capitol Hill debates whether to extend the Bush era tax cut for millionaires, Representative Alan Grayson (D-FL) pushed back on prominent talk radio hosts in favor of the provision, especially Rush Limbaugh.

“They tell us that extending the tax cuts for the rich will somehow create jobs,” declared Grayson on the floor of the House of Representatives. “We’ve had these tax cuts for the last nine years, and I haven’t noticed a whole lot of jobs being created in the last nine years.”

So why do Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Sean Hannity persist in this “mania,” this “obsession of theirs, that we need to have more tax cuts for the rich, when the economy is flat on its back, and unemployment is almost ten percent?”

“I think I have the answer,” Grayson declared. “They want a tax cut for the rich because they want a tax cut for themselves.”

Grayson estimates that extending the Bush era tax cuts for people who make over $250,000 a year would save the nation’s most prominent talk show hosts the following:

Rush Limbaugh – $2,689,135.

Glenn Beck – $1,512,352

Sean Hannity – $1,006,352

Bill O’Reilly – $914,352

Sarah Palin – $638,352

Newt Gingrich – $247,352

Grayson’s figures are based on income estimates published by Forbes and Newsweek magazine. Today the Senate balked at advancing two Democratic plans to extend the Bush tax cuts for middle-income people, but letting the higher break rates expire.


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5 Responses to Congressman: Rush Limbaugh wants to extend tax breaks for himself

  1. FIlly Gumbo December 4, 2010 at 10:52 am #

    You know, people think that a million dollars is a lot of money. It’s not. Rush had to pay that much to Elton John just to sing at his wedding. And now you expect him to pay an extra 2% on everything he clears over $250,000.? That is outrageous and very unAmerican indeed!

  2. Beb December 4, 2010 at 6:23 pm #

    Yeah, a measly little million doesn’t go far these days; I know when I offered to pay the singer at my wedding a milliion, he just laughed in my face and said, “Who do you think you’re dealing with, Elton-faded-star-John???”

    Poor Rush. Poor Beck. Poor Hannity. Even though they make millions and a tax hike is really not going to even be felt by them, it’s just….wrong………………….isn’t it?

  3. FIlly Gumbo December 4, 2010 at 7:43 pm #

    Glenn Beck just sold half of his belongings through an online auction in an attempt to keep the creditors away. Have you know feelings for those in their time of need?

  4. paul December 5, 2010 at 3:22 am #

    Typical left thinking person; Of course they (the rich) are greedy, when they don’t want to give us (the US government) more of their money. Why should anyone keep the fruit of their labor, just give it all to government and let uncle Sam take care of you and your family.

    Its amazing that people that think this way, can get up in the morning and get them selves dressed, without assistance, because their world view is so backwards. The so called rich (anyone filling income tax over $200,000 or $250,000 joinly) are the same people that run small businesses, and these same small businesses employ something like 80% of the US work force.

    So lets not poke our struggling ecconomy in the eye with a big tax stick, because that is not going to help the unemployed!

  5. Matthew Lasar December 5, 2010 at 8:16 am #

    Paul:

    Do you actually know small business owners that report $250,000 a year in income? The average small construction firm owner brings in $100k tops; even less for landscapers.

    Payscale.com reports that after 20 years of effort small business owners generally report “up to” $118,107 each year. That’s the maximum number.

    In fact, this payscale chart doesn’t list a single small business category whose proprietors make anything even remotely approaching $250k annually.

    So not to worry. President Obama’s proposal would preserve the Bush era tax breaks for people in these categories.

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